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19 October 2016

Uncovering the History of Fort Snelling

For the week of October 23, 2016

A collaboration with the Minnesota Historical Society, Professor Katherine Hayes leads an excavation team at Historic Fort Snelling.

Guest: Katherine Hayes, Anthropology and American Indian Studies Professor, University of Minnesota

  • Part 1 – 14:09

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    Much of the focus of Fort Snelling’s history has centered on the beginning of the Fort in the early 1820s and the American Indian fur trade. The site, however, has a much deeper military history that spans the Civil War through World War II as well as a history that includes slavery and a prison camp.

  • Part 2 – 12:24

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    Hayes describes her work as “thinking through the dirt”: “When we think through the dirt we actually think about how did this come to be hidden away in this fashion—it’s not just what’s there but how did it come to be there.”


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